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May 1, 2012

Win for Becky

Megan Baldwin lifts North laurel with two-run single

CORBIN — By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer

SOUTH LAUREL – The North Laurel Lady Jaguars rallied together and managed to pull out a 2-0 win over South Laurel in extra innings with their injured coach watching on.

North Laurel coach Becky Osborne was in the stands cheering on her team just days after suffering serious injuries in an automobile accident.

“This was a very emotional game for us with Becky being back for the first time since the accident,” North Laurel pitcher Megan Baldwin said. “So emotions were running high and we knew we had to win this game.”

Baldwin not only led her team in the circle, but she came up with the game-winning hit as she drove in two runs on a single in the top of the eighth inning for the 2-0 advantage.

“That ball was coming down the middle and I knew it was mine,” Baldwin said. “I just hit it and I was hoping it would go where it needed to go and it did.”

North Laurel assistant coach Rogers Strong knew that his team wanted to win the game for their injured coach.

“It really meant a lot to us when we saw Becky in the bleachers,” he said. “People don’t realize how close we were to losing her and Ashley. The kids really wanted to win this game for her and I was just happy we were able to pull it out for her.

“I’m just keeping the seat warm for Becky. That’s all I’m doing.”

North Laurel’s Vanessa Smith made a diving catch in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs.

“I knew if I didn’t catch it that they could have won,” Smith said. “I was just trying with everything I had to get it.”

South Laurel defeated North Laurel earlier in the year, so the Lady Jaguars were even more hungry than normal for a win over their cross-town rivals.

“This is a win that we all look for the whole season,” Smith said. “We really wanted this after what happened last time and we got it.

“We also wanted it for Coach Osborne after all she has been through. We wanted it for her tonight.”

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